Julia Adams, Head of College
Julia Adams is professor of Sociology and International and Area Studies.
She teaches and does research on politics and state development; social theory and knowledge, and early modern European states and empires. Her book The Familial State: Ruling Families and Merchant Capitalism in Early Modern Europe won the Gaddis Smith Book Prize. She also writes about how Wikipedia and other crowd-sourced platforms represent academic knowledge. At Yale she has chaired the Sociology department; directed the Division of the Social Sciences, and served as Deputy Provost for Social Sciences and Faculty Development and Diversity. She currently chairs the Council of Heads of College. For her departmental webpage, see http://sociology.yale.edu/people/julia-adams
Julia Adams is married to Hans van Dijk, and between them they have four children: Lydia, Cassidy, Sebastian, and Andrew. Andrew, the youngest, is a senior at Bates College. Julia and Hans have four grandchildren – Emmett, August, Dee Dee, and Otto Ballou – who live in Auckland, New Zealand and whom they try to visit as much as they can!
Not-so-guilty pleasures? Sci-fi and fantasy books and films; concerts and other cultural doings in New York City and environs, and swimming in icy bodies of water … including in Lake Superior, off the Oregon coast, or in the Adirondack Mountains.
Hans van Dijk, Associate Head of College
Hans taught American history at the University of Auckland in New Zealand before returning to the U.S. in 2007. Since then, he has worked as an institutional fundraiser in higher education. In addition to his family, his passions include early American history; the Adirondacks; the Frick Museum in New York City; cooking and eating good food, and baseball.
Besides their four children and four grandchildren, Hans and Julia have an enormous plecostomus, a tortie cat (Nini), and an English Lab (Moby), who is one of the youngest Hoppers.